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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jul 10, 2011 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: woodstock then and now

Hi guys, I saw for about the 4th time Woodstock then and Now on the History Channel. I was surprised to learn that the Dead were one of the bands that demanded cash prior to performing. Once they found out there was no more gate receipts they and only a few more bands went this route. It's a well known fact that the Who refused to play before cash was in hand but not widely known that also the Dead did this. I am not criticizing them for this because it is a buisness and people got to eat and gear has to be moved and they probabley could get a paying gig somewhere else so I do not begrudge their mngmt. for the demand. Reading Michael Langs' book however was a revelation because he gave exact facts and figures on who got what and all crisis surrounding the moving of the event to a new site and again Bill Graham bullying the shit out of him demanding that his acts perform (WHICH OF COURSE TURNED OUT OK) or he was going to do everything in his power to shut them down. He was trying to pull the 50 mile advertiseing rule even though upstate N.Y.had really nothing to do w/ the Fillmore East and their bookings. To placate Bill they did of course book Santanna and gave him his own trailer stocked w/ frozen Peter Luger steaks and boooze.